My name is Tasos Polykarpou and I was born in Cyprus. I started sports from a young age with scuba diving, climbing, hiking, swimming, kite surfing, paramotoring, BASE jumping and Skydiving. I decided to concentrate to few of them, so the last years I am BASE jumper, wingsuit pilot and Paramotor pilot.
I believe by focusing in a specific sport is helping me as an athlete to become good. The last years I am focused and do training in wingsuit that I love a lot. I am lucky enough because I am living in Cyprus, 340 days per year with perfect weather so I can train in good conditions.
I love the wingsuit performance and my targets are to be one of the best pilots in the world and to grow up knowledge for the wingsuit performance in my country, Cyprus.
Now I am 4th in the world, so for sure to be 1st in the wingsuit performance.
Difficulties that I face are mostly about the lack of training facilities in Cyprus and the specific requirements that must be met for efficient training.
When I overcome my fears and perform well.
I practice my sport techniques to Drop Zones all over the world mostly alone since this is a solo sport.
I am very concentrated and focused before the jump, during the jump and after the jump; it’s very important for me to visualize my fly before the jump and then it’s very important to debrief my jump.
All the procedures of the competition make me nervous but I am trying to manage it and enjoy the jump, because I love my sport and all my friends that I compete against.
I am planning to continue with my performance competitions and also to work on the new design of my suit and equipment.
This trip regards a weeklong, 70 km / 45 mi walking route that can be walked year round.
On Day 1 from the airport travelers are transported to the old part of Kakopetria village where they stay for two nights. Depending on the time of arrival they could relax and explore the old part of the village and/or visit up to two Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted churches within walking distance from their accommodation.
On Day 2, we propose a walk on Madari mountain peak. The walk is on a circular nature trail that offers a combination of habitats (including a Cyprus Cedar forest), excellent panoramic views, and the very extraordinary rock formations in the area (appropriately named ‘Teishia tis Madaris’ (meaning ‘Madari’s walls’). Those looking for a longer walk can combine it with an adjacent circular walk (3 km / 2 mi long), or walk to and from the nearby Panagia tou Araka Unesco World Heritage Painted church (which would add about six more km to the distance).
On Day 3, travelers can select to a combination of the top elevation Cyprus walk (Artemis) and of a walk at a very different habitat (Caledonia Waterfalls). Walking on Artemis offers superb panoramic views of different parts of Cyprus. The walk combines barren rocky land, that is home of the endemic Troodos juniper with forested stretches of black pine (and juniper). Walkers pass by some very old and huge trees. The walk has a very high value also for those interested in geology. It should be noted that when there is snow, (usually a few weeks or a couple of months each year) we advise against doing this walk. There are other lower elevation alternatives that we can suggest (eg Day 3 alternative). This walk includes a stretch on paved road (from Artemis to the higher elevation end of Caledonia Waterfalls trail). We recommend also the Caledonia Waterfalls trail as it is quite dramatic and steep and has a running stream all year round, which is atypical of Cyprus. It provides an excellent contrast to Artemis trail.
For the Day 3 alternative walk, the walkers are transported to the starting point of their walk, in the lush shaded Platy valley. About half of the stretch is in Platy valley, next to the stream. There are good possibilities for mouflon spotting here. Another stretch is on a part of a trail that is called the Medieval Bridges trail, which according to local tradition was used by camel caravans to carry mined material from the copper mines on the north side of Troodos to Paphos port for export. Travelers are picked up from superb Kelephos medieval Venetian bridge to be taken to the public bus (stop).
On Day 4 of the walk walkers take the bus from Paphos to Panagia village where they can do the eight km long circular walk called Vouni Panagias, at an elevation of about 1,000, in an area full of vineyards that offers excellent view of the Ezousa Valley and the Kannaviou manmade lake.
On Day 5 travelers are transported on public transportation from Paphos to the picturesque stone-built village of Phiti, which they may explore. They may get the opportunity to watch the weaving of Phithkiotika’, the renowned textiles manufactured in Phiti village. From the village they walk on the ‘Oak road’ down the Evretou Valley and around the crescent-like Evretou manmade lake until they reach the Paphos-Polis highway, from where they take the bus to return to Paphos.
On Day 6 of the walk, walkers are transported to the village of Neo Chorio from where the walk starts. The walkers largely traverse the pristine Akamas peninsula enjoying glorious views initially of the west coast and subsequently, on the imposing Moutti Tis Sotiras peak, of the north west, and of the north coast, all the way to Pomos in the north east.
On Day 7 of the walk, walkers are recommended to walk west on the dirt road by the rugged coastline from Baths of Aphrodite cave, preferably up to Blue Lagoon cove, which has amazing waters for swimming. It is one of the best coves for swimming on the island (and beyond).
Summary of our services
We offer Independent Self–Guided Walkers the following services with regards to this specific route:
1. Extensive information on this inhouse designed route that presents the best Cyprus has to offer, combining top elements of its cultural and natural heritage. We provide information on each day’s walk and instructions to find one’s way, as well as relevant useful information material on Cyprus.
2. Booking of appropriate accommodation on the route, where possible in small, family run establishments.
3. Booking of meals, including breakfast and dinner, with a high element of local cuisine, where available.
4. Arranging all applicable luggage transport.
5. Arranging transfers to location of arrival/departure and other transfers if required.
6. On the ground support for the independent walker.
Day 1 – Arrival to Start location of the Walk (Kakopetria)
Day 2 – Madari Circular Walk
Day 3 – Artemis + Caledonia Waterfall or – Platy valley – Kelephos
Day 4 – Vouni Panagias
Day 5 – The Oak Road (Phiti – Evretou Valley
Day 6 – Short Akamas Panorama
Day 7 – Akamas North Coast
Day 8 – Departure from Finish location of the Walk (near Akamas)
The package includes the following:
a) Information on the walking routes and nearby attractions (as well as public bus info where applicable), in the form of GPS readings, printed material and/or other media.
1) from Larnaca or Paphos hotel to the first hotel in Kakopetria.
2) From Kakopetria to start of Madari Circular Walk. Walkers are advised to arrange either pickup or delivery from/to Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis Unesco World Heritage Troodos painted church. The church is just two km from Kakopetria.
3) From Kakopetria to Artemis trail, or to Troodos Square and from finish of walk (Artemis trail or Troodos Square or Platres to bus stop for bus to Paphos.
3 alternative) Transportation to start of Platy Valley walk and later on, from the end of the walk at Kelephos medieval bridge to bus stop for bus to Paphos
4) From hotel near Akamas to Neo Chorio for short Akamas Panorama Walk.
c) Accommodation as follows (upon request we can provide the names of the hotels to be used):
1) First two nights in Kakopetria
2) Third, fourth and fifth night in Paphos (three nights)
3) Sixth and seventh night near Baths of Aphrodite in Akamas (two nights)
d) Breakfast for all accommodation,
e) Luggage transfer as required
f) On the ground support
Note : The package doesn’t include transport from the (last) hotel near Akamas to an airport. We believe that the relevant bus connections are good and therefore encourage the travelers to use public buses.
The price for the standard package, when
a) two walkers travel together on a Double Occupancy, bed and breakfast basis is €450 per person.
b) a single traveler on bed and breakfast basis is €700 per person.
Fireworks night cruise in Protaras with the MED III Catamaran!!!
Time: 20:00 – 23:30
When: Tuesday, Wednesday
Hot & Cold Buffet
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Fireworks Display, Live entertainment